Rants & Raves Science & Physics

Doc. divides by zero is no hero of numbers

Sometimes, just sometimes, smart people don’t always think up smart stuff:

Dr James Anderson, from the University of Reading’s computer science department, says his new theorem solves an extremely important problem – the problem of nothing. ‘Imagine you’re landing on an aeroplane and the automatic pilot’s working,’ he suggests. ‘If it divides by zero and the computer stops working – you’re in big trouble. If your heart pacemaker divides by zero, you’re dead.’”

Am I the only one to be totally underwhelmed by this new theory of nothingness?

If all he’s doing is making up a new non-number, I’m hardly surprised by him solving this problem.

Almost any problem can be solved by just making stuff up to fit the problem.

Some peer review might be more telling…

By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

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